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Jessica Ngui
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Hello,

I know that upon completion of SCJP, one can seek for a programmer job. How about job options after SCJA?

Please advise and Thank you.
 
Seema Manivannan
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Students without sufficient programming expertise might find it difficult to clear SCJP even before their first job. They may find SCJA more within their reach. Companies recruiting for entry level Java positions might be interested in candidates with an overall knowledge in Java, for which SCJA would be ideal.

Hope this helps.

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Seema
 
Jessica Ngui
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Hi Seema,

Thanks for the prompt feedbacks.

I do agree that SCJP can be overwhelming even for someone with structured programming background (no OO experience). For someone with years of structured programming only, would you recommend SCJA or SCJP for a start?

From the SCJA syllabus, it covers a wide area of Java. It does give a very good introduction to various topics but merely on the surface. I am not too sure if passing SCJA is enough to get one started on a Java job. Can I know what kinda of Java applications (Mobile, Windows, Web and etc) that a SCJA holder is able to work on?

At the moment, I don�t see any SCJA certification book. Do you have any plan to write one?
 
Seema Manivannan
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I'm not aware of any books written for SCJA.
As I mentioned already, just taking SCJA will not make you an expert in any kind of Java technology. It gives you a good foundation, on which you can start building by developing real time applications. If you are looking at certifications to upgrade your skills in specific technologies, there are other certifications like SCWCD or SCBCD to choose from.


Best Wishes,
Seema
 
Rajan Chinna
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Jessica
If you want to pursue career in java development then go with SCJP, if you take the route of PM/BA roles then go for SCJA.
 
Giovanni De Stefano
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Hi Rajan,

what do you mean with PM/BA roles? If PM stands for Project Manager...well...I disagree with you!

My Project Manager has a "wide" knowledge about the Java world...but only on the surface...

He has a lot of trouble understanding what and why the Java Developers (including me!) made certain decisions or suggested a little longer time frame to get things done thinking of the future requirements...

The point is that it will be for sure a great addon to be SCJA, and I am going to take the exam as soon as I can, but it will not be worth on its own...how can you manage a bunch of programmers if you don't have a deep knowledge of what they are doing?

That's my 2 cents...

My answer is...you want to have a wide knowledge on what the Java world has to offer? Then take the SCJA, you want to apply for a Java position? Well...take the SCJP! The order is not important, I took the SCJP last year, I am getting ready for the SCWCD...and this is the main reason I am here to get involved into the SCJA!

Gio :-)
 
Rajan Chinna
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Gio:

I do agree that a PM should have little knowledge of Java when they handle Java developers.... But I do notice few organizations(especially large companies) where PM has absolutely NO knowledge about any programming. Its really very strange working under them.

Anyways goodluck for your forth coming exams.
 
Jessica Ngui
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I think it is always good (for better understanding and communications between Project Manager and the developers) for Project Manager to have a deeper knowledge of Java if possible.

I am just wondering what a developer can do with the SCJA paper only(without acquiring SCJP).

Does anyone have any clue for the following queries:
- For someone with years of structured programming only, would you recommend SCJA or SCJP for a start?
- At the moment, I don�t see any SCJA certification book. Do you have any plan to write one? ANY FUTURE BOOK ON SCJA?

Thank you all.
 
Seema Manivannan
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If the person just has a structured programming background, he must be new to OOP concepts and Java. For such a person, SCJA would be a better choice. If he wants to pursue his career in Java programming, he can look at SCJP later on after getting sufficient hands-on practice in Java.

No, I'm not aware of anyone planning to write any books for SCJA.

Best Wishes,
Seema
 
Jessica Ngui
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Thanks all for the advices and suggestions. Appreciate the feedbacks. Have a nice day.
 
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